1. The Personal Programmes of Study Regulations apply in these regulations.


  1. Candidates for the Degree must have
    1. qualified for:
      1. the award of the degree of Bachelor of Nursing of the University of Waikato, with at least a B+ grade average across the 300 level papers; or
      2. a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent1 ,
    2. demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Academic Board that they have adequate training, experience, and ability to proceed with the proposed programme, this would normally be demonstrated through being a practising health professional; and
    3. satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject being taken for the Degree.
  2. In exceptional circumstances, based on academic merit and relevant experience, candidates who do not meet the requirements of section 2 of these regulations may be considered for admission subject to the completion of any qualifying papers the Academic Board may prescribe which must be completed either prior to or concurrently.

Requirements for the Degree

  1. The normal minimum period of enrolment for completion of the Degree is two years.
  2. Candidates must enrol in the Division of Health, Engineering, Computing and Science and follow an approved programme of study.
  3. Candidates must gain 120 points at 500 level or above.
  4. Candidates must complete the papers prescribed for the Degree in the Nursing entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers, including any compulsory papers.
  5. If a candidate fails a paper or papers (worth not more than 30 points in total), they may repeat the paper or papers or take an alternative paper or papers with the same total points value on one occasion only. A candidate who fails a paper or papers worth more than 30 points in total will not be permitted to proceed with the Degree.

Award of Honours

  1. The Degree may be awarded with
    1. First Class Honours, or
    2. Second Class Honours (first division), or
    3. Second Class Honours (second division), or
    4. Third Class Honours.
  2. Except with the approval of the Academic Board, the level of honours will be calculated on the basis of the grades of the first 120 points completed by the candidate while enrolled for the Degree, including any failed paper.


  1. The Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Division or delegated authority may vary or waive these regulations in individual cases.


  1. For the purpose of section 2(a)(ii) of these regulations, the Academic Board normally requires that the candidate shall:
    1. have completed, at a satisfactory level of achievement, an appropriate nursing registration qualification; and
    2. have completed the equivalent of three years of full-time study and have passed the equivalent of 360 points, including 80 points at 300 level.